Social Studies Department

Experience Social Studies at Xavier


Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Social Studies Department of Xavier College Preparatory is to create quality instruction by linking significant skills and knowledge in social studies to the total development of the student. Citizens must have the skills which enable them to deal with whatever complex issues their personal society or the global society may develop. The staff of the Social Studies Department endeavors to motivate students to develop the knowledge, skills, and the desire necessary to interact positively within their communities.

Department Highlights

Social Studies Faculty

  • Stephanie Brugger, B.A. ’90

    History Teacher

    World History/Geography | Freshman Class Student Council Moderator| Scholarship Committee Member 

  • Dan Long, M.A., M.Ed,

    History Teacher

    AP US History | AP US History Great Books | History 103/104 for Rio Salado College | We Are Xavier (WAX) Moderator

  • Olivia Long, M.A., LAC ’06

    Psychology Teacher

    AP Psychology | Psychology 101 for Rio Salado

  • Gina Nuñez, M.A.

    History Teacher

    AP European History | AP World History/Great Books | AP World History| 101/102 for Rio Salado | History 110/111 for Rio Salado | National History Scholars Society Moderator | National History Club Moderator | Key Club Moderator | CloseUp Washington D.C. Moderator

  • Dani Richter, J.D. ’03

    English Teacher | AP Capstone Chair

    English I Great Books | English II | American Government | AP Capstone Seminar/Research | Political Science POS 110 for Rio Salado | Mock Trial Moderator | Summer Reading Co-Chair | WAX Club Moderator

  • Ileen Welty, J.D.

    Government Teacher | Government Department Chair

    American Government | Honors U.S. Government | POS 110 for Rio Salado | HIS 103/104 for Rio Salado | ALJ 109 for Rio Salado | Criminal Law Political Action Club of Xavier Moderator | National History Club | National History Scholars Society

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